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About a week ago we made our annual pilgrimage to Red Bay, AL. Red Bay is the home of Tiffin Motorhomes and we like to re-visit the service center from time to time (hey, it's not that bad here, really!)
On this trip we had several items which were pre-planned such as having our entrance steps replaced at the Tiffin Service Center and having our annual maintenance on the coach performed at Bay Diesel (a local shop in town).
After getting up on the ladder and taking a closer inspection, I decided it was time to replace all four of our slide toppers as well.
The largest expense was replacing all six of our tires on the rig, but it was also time to replace the four tires on the Honda Fit.
A bit of background explanation is needed here as to why the steps are being replaced to begin with. Our coach originally had Coach Steps by Lippert as OEMs. It seems that the Coach Steps had a little problem with a main bolt breaking which allows the steps to drop and swing freely possibly causing serious injuries to someone who might be using them at the time. It turns out that this wasn't such a small problem as NHTSA got involved and forced a safety recall for certain model years of MHs (not just on Tiffins). If you have this step on your MH, you might want to check with the NHTSA site (for Tiffin, the recall number is #15V-880), or with your coach manufacturer for the recall.
The involved Tiffins are as follows:
2007-2010 Allegro Bays
2008-2015 Allegro Open Roads and REDs
2008-2015 Allegro Buses
Any of these rigs manufactured between May 25, 2007 and December 18, 2014 are involved in the recall.
The "fix" which Lippert was allowed by NHTSA was to install a bracket beneath the fan gear (beside the motor) which would catch the assembly WHEN the bolt broke. I wasn't too thrilled by their solution, so when I heard that Lippert was giving a $200 credit if the end user wished to get rid of the old steps altogether and have the Kwikee brand of steps installed, this is the option I chose.
Our next pre-planned order of business was to have our routine chassis, engine, and generator annual service work performed at Bay Diesel. I've used this company every year since we purchased our coach when in Red Bay. I don't necessarily think that they do any jobs FAR better than another business could, but I like the idea of being able to be in the bay (and under the rig) while the maintenance work is actually being performed. It gives me a chance to observe their work and ask questions at the same time.
I've already come to realize that anything on a MH chassis is expensive, but the replacement price for this pipe floored me. Just the part itself was over $700. WHAT!!
Chris Morrow is the owner of Bay Diesel and advised that he had seen similar breaks on Allegro Buses.
|"low tech" bead breaking procedure|
Your Tire Supply. I had always had a very slow leak on my right rear inner tire and I attribute it to the valve extension on that tire. Access to fill all of the tires is now quick and easy.
Not directly related to the motorhome, but a part of our cash outlay while in Red Bay was the replacement of all four tires on the Honda Fit. We had these installed at the Costco at Barnes Crossing near Tupelo, MS. The tires had over 62,000 miles combined driving and towing.
Well, that completes our list of planned, and unplanned, work done while we were in Red Bay. Here's a re-cap of the actual costs.
Replace Steps (after rebate credit): $345.36
Flex Pipe Replacement : $355.00
Routine Coach Service : $323.63
New Coach Tires : $2958.25
New Honda Tires : $496.53
New Slide Toppers : $1058.46
Misc. Tiffin Store Purchases : $ 77.44
GRAND TOTAL $ 5614.67
Hopefully, a few of these larger ticket items will not need to be replaced for several years. I mainly wrote this post for folks new to the RVing lifestyle or those thinking of becoming fulltimers someday. The purpose is to show the need to budget for items such as these (and more) because repairs and sometimes modifications need to be done.
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